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How do Latin American States Engage with Responsibility to Protect Norms? A Typology of Positions


Within the discourse surrounding the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), scholars have typically categorized the stakeholders as either proponents or staunch detractors, commonly referring to them as R2P ‘champions’ and ‘anti-preneurs,’ respectively. However, there is a significant gap in the existing research devoted to comprehending the nuanced positions adopted by states that fall within the spectrum between these two extremes. This article offers a comprehensive exploration of Latin American states’ stances concerning R2P norms and provides a typology based on their level of engagement with and degree of support for R2P norms. While certain states overtly contest the legitimacy of R2P, perceiving it as a pretext for external intervention, others challenge existing perceptions of how R2P should be practically implemented. To understand these diverse perspectives, the article differentiates contestation of the R2P norms themselves from contestation of the implementation mechanisms. Through an empirical analysis, it explores various Latin American countries’ perspectives on R2P from 2005 to 2023, highlighting their proposals like the Brazilian Responsibility while Protecting, as well as Costa Rica and Mexico’s contributions to the Responsibility Not to Veto initiatives. By unraveling the complexities of R2P contestation in Latin America, this article expands our understanding of how diverse regional perspectives shape and inf luence the advancement of R2P norms.


norms, contestation, Responsibility to Protect, Global IR, Latin America

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Author Biography

Šárka Kolmašová

Šárka Kolmašová is the Head of the International Relations department and a researcher of the Center for Security Studies at the Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic. She is the author of Advocacy Networks and the Responsibility to Protect (2023, Routledge) and co-editor of the Norm Diffusion beyond the West (2023, Springer). Together with Arlene B. Tickner, she co-authored a chapter on Diffusion of Citizen Security by the Inter-American Development Bank. In her research, she focuses on contestation and diffusion of norms, human security, R2P and the role of individuals in global governance.